FIFA has approved a COVID-19 fund for struggling football leagues around the world. Meanwhile, the MLB is getting ready for quite an unusual season! Let’s check all the fresh news with STATSCORE‘s review!
FIFA approves $1.5 bn COVID-19 relief plan
Gianni Infantino, the FIFA president, has announced a plan that includes grants and loans as a relief fund to help associations impacted by the pandemic. The global support fund will provide $1.5 bn to assist the football community.
The FIFA Council has also endorsed changes to the International Match Calendar caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
FIFA has also announced that it supports the creation of a pan-Arab tournament in Qatar in 2021 as part of preparations for the 2022 World Cup. Read more
Women’s soccer is the first sport to come back in the US!
National Women’s Soccer League has become the first American team sport to resume amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Football (or soccer) is back in the USA, as the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) became the first team sports league in the country to resume play since the start of the pandemic. The 23-game NWSL Challenge Cup is a monthlong tournament hosted by Utah Royals FC and is contested by eight teams. Read more
No betting in California
People living in California still won’t be able to legally bet on sports, even if all the pro sports finally come back.
Two years after the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to allow sports betting in the US, political arguments between rival gambling interests in California, including Native American tribes, have caused the bill to be dropped. Read more
MLB will be back for a 60-game season
In normal years, 162 games are played within an MLB season. But this time everything will be different.
The 2020 season will be shortened to 60 games with spring training starting on July 1, and opening day scheduled for July 23 or 24.
What could be the effect of this unusually short season on teams’ and players’ statistics? Read more
Liverpool win the 2019-20 title with a record seven games to spare
Liverpool have ended their 30-year wait for a top-flight title.
The Reds’ 19th championship (first of the Premier League era) was confirmed when Manchester City beat Chelsea 2-1.
The Reds have managed to broke some incredible records this season, including fastest-ever title win, longest winning run at home, biggest-ever lead in the table. Read more
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